Source: website ID DESIGN | MIUNIK Salt is a light, manoeuvrable and practical electric motorcycle, which was developed as part of an internal project by ID DESIGN specifically for urban use. The puristic, elegant and above all functional design makes it perfect for commuting to work, for shopping or for transporting medium-sized items.
A universal adapter behind the seat creates a platform for a variety of practical modules for everyday use of the bike. The adapter is not only used to attach the modules, but is designed in such a way that it can itself act as a carrier unit for crates, boxes or other large objects.
The battery is the heart of the motorcycle – it supplies the vehicle with energy. In order to be able to charge the battery conveniently, it can be easily removed. Care was taken to ensure that the battery had a handy format, especially for use in an urban environment.
The foldable plate above the battery protects it from theft and from other environmental influences such as rain or snow. In the lower area, the battery is protected by another partial sheet metal housing and is therefore safely stored. To extend the range of the salt, an additional battery can be placed in the storage space in front of the battery. This doubles the range from 70 km to 140 km.
After extensive research into user groups, environment, target group and competing products, some basic development goals emerged. The following key points are to be implemented as part of the project:
- Transport of objects
- modular structure
- flexible use
- elegant design
- simple and unisex
What began as an idea and a drawing on a sheet of paper has developed into a mature concept over a period of six months.
Through a large number of drawings, CAD concepts, checks in VR and in real volume models, the design team got closer and closer to the final draft.
In order to reduce the development and production costs of the project, the design consists largely of carefully selected purchased parts. A well-designed and ingenious frame construction made of bent and welded aluminum tubes forms the solid core of the vehicle. All finished parts such as fork, rear wheel, spring suspension, etc. connect to this frame. With all self-designed parts, care was taken not to include any form-bound plastic parts.
In the further course, first driving and ergonomic tests are to be carried out with a functional prototype. ID DESIGN has already some important components such as the motor or controller – these have to be tested and tuned just like the frame itself in combination with all standard parts. After these functional tests, further decisions are to be made step by step, which affect the further development of the salt.
After the tests with the first prototypes, it will be very likely that ID DESIGN will strive for cooperation with investors or cooperation partners for the further approval issues and the introduction into the series.